About Me

Patrick is deemed as essential mental health services and continues to work person-to-person, continue to work throughout the pandemic in person , under covid 19 guidelines and health protocols. Patrick prides himself in connecting and working with people on a human level, while building a step by step, trusting, safe, non-judgemental and confidential relationship. Patrick believes that: “Therapy begins when someone decides to take the first step and trust themselves to come to an art therapy session“. Patrick, when working with young people, adults and groups, brings a sense of care, empathy and compassion, always placing his clients at the centre of their understanding of themselves. Patrick brings a lifetime of experience of engaging with people from an array of backgrounds, ages, genders, beliefs, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities and social classes. He treats all of his clients with a sense of dignity and respect. Patrick has experience working in different settings, both with individuals and within group work in schools, universities, care homes and mental health services. In the process of his art therapy practice, With creative therapy we can learn to unravel and explore challenges such as stagnation, worry, grief, fears, despair... that might be affecting our everyday enjoyment of life. It can help bring us in touch with experiences and emotions which we might otherwise find overbearing and struggle to put into words. Art Psychotherapy has the magnitude to explore in a safe contained way, the real difficulties that lie beneath presenting problems . Similar to counselling , my practice is underpinned by solid psychotherapy theoretical frameworks and treatment interventions . With the help of a professional art psychotherapist you can gain insight into: · How you think and behave and why · How to improve the quality of your relationships · Optimising your current well-being · Techniques that you can learn for better self-care · Decrease excesses in moods like anxiety and depressed states · A better understanding of your earlier life or unresolved conflicts


Experience

Art therapy for 0 years

Patricks art psychotherapy background and experience in working with people is grounded in working with peolle of all ages , presenting an array of different concerns from elderly in residential care for clients with dementia, to working with young people . Patrick has a lifetime of connecting to people of all ages and backgrounds.  Patrick is also a cancer survivor and has a great empathy and understanding for those who carry a disability or an illness.


Approach

Art Psychotherapy is not an art class, but a process based on; active listening; compassion; and considered guidance which allows us to navigate the landscape of concerns, to facilitate and reinstate feelings of safety , self-management and emotional regulation . There is no need to be good at painting or drawing any way. With creative therapy we can learn to unravel and explore challenges such as stagnation, worry, grief, fears, despair... that might be affecting our everyday enjoyment of life. It can help bring us in touch with experiences and emotions which we might otherwise find overbearing and struggle to put into words. Art Psychotherapy has the magnitude to explore in a safe contained way, the real difficulties that lie beneath presenting problems . Similar to counselling , my practice is underpinned by solid psychotherapy theoretical frameworks and treatment interventions . With the help of a professional art psychotherapist you can gain insight into: · How you think and behave and why · How to improve the quality of your relationships · Optimising your current well-being · Techniques that you can learn for better self-care · Decrease excesses in moods like anxiety and depressed states · A better understanding of your earlier life or unresolved conflicts


Qualification

Patrick Byrne was awarded a first class honours MA in Art Psychotherapy at the Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork. Patrick is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Creative art Therapists. ​


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